We have all been there, running to the store not looking your best and hoping you don’t run into anyone that you know. Maybe you’ve had a rough day at work or at home and you are just trying to get a few things so you can get back to your daily tasks. But how many times have you been on the other end, the judging end?
We don’t know anyone else’s situation or why they are dressed the way they are, yet so many people seem quick to judge others and make horrible assumptions about strangers based on their own misguided perceptions.
Recently, a mother and daughter hopefully learned a lesson of a lifetime when they met a stranger at the store.
Crafty Morning reported what happened to a man named Andy Voss from Vancouver, Washington, which he had posted about on Facebook. It resulted in a big lesson for one rude shopper he happened to run into.
In Voss’s words, he explained the situation:
“So I had a very interesting “educational” conversation with a woman and her daughter today. As I entered the store before I got home, a little girl kept staring at me. Which is fine. I know that kids are curious when they see someone, especially as dirty as I was. They ended up in front of me as I was checking out. The little girl still staring, her mother told her to stop staring. As they finished and headed towards the door, I hear her mom say quietly to the little girl “that is why you need to stay in school”. I figured this was a great time to educate this mother and her 7/8-year-old daughter.
The following is our conversation:
First, I happen to be a very educated dirty man. I not only have a high school diploma, I also have a college degree and many medical certifications. So assuming that I am uneducated because of my appearance is actually quite ignorant in itself.
Secondly, if you are telling your daughter to stay in school because I have tattoos up and down my arms, that will actually suppress her creativity and potentially hinder her imagination as she develops. Again, contradictory to your point ma’am. I am proud of my tattoos and artwork that Forrest Bateman put on my body. It’s a representation of my pride in my country and my service over multiple combat tours as a special operations medic.
Third, if you’re referring that statement to the hat (not featured) I’m wearing because it features an elk, you might not understand it. I happen to co-own Evergreen State Outdoors and am proud to own an outdoors company and support my rights to hunt and responsibly be a gun owner.
Finally, I chose to work in a construction industry. I am proud to say that I am apart of building America and I enjoy my job every day. I tried working a desk job when I got out of the service and it wasn’t for me. I enjoy working with my hands and being outdoors. Subsequently, it comes with being dirty some days. I make good money, have benefits, and am able to provide for my family without issue. So my appearance reflects nothing to do with my level of intelligence or pursuing a higher level of education.
I left the two with a simple final statement of “have a good day and try not to judge people before you know anything about them. Good luck with her little girl”
How many times have you judged someone based on their appearance when you knew absolutely nothing about them? This is such a valuable lesson to not be so hard on others because you really never know who they are.
Crafty Morning summed the lesson up with five perfect takeaways from Voss’ experience:
Today’s lesson for the day:
1- don’t judge people at first glance.
2- do what you love and enjoy and it’s never work.
3- blue collar jobs are the best jobs. They can pay great and it doesn’t always come with a price tag.
4- education is important, but college doesn’t guarantee you anything.
5- experience, hard work, and dedication allow you to be successful in your career path.